In the first of a video series on the climate crisis, the Cable looks at why the city needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero, and how it can be done.
The findings are based on analysis by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Eunomia, two environmental consultancies based in the city, for Bristol City Council.
What’s clear is that the scale of the challenge is enormous, demanding city-wide collaboration and 1.6 times the rate of reduction in recent years, as a report by Bristol One City Climate Strategy found.
Whether we’re on track is up for debate. In this detailed analysis for the Cable of how the city is doing since it pledged to reach net zero in November 2018, science writer Jon Turney weighs up the city council’s climate achievements with its shortcomings.
Meanwhile, some communities in Bristol are taking matters into their own hands, by setting up renewable community energy projects that not only avoid burning fossil fuels, but also generate income for local residents.
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Bristol’s flood defences are being pushed to their limit. What is the city’s long-term plan, and will it be enough?
The council is searching for an extra £100 million to fund future flood defences to protect low-lying areas of the city. While residents call for greater action, the Cable looks across the North Sea to Rotterdam for inspiration.
Urban growers are quietly laying the ground for a food revolution. Can it become a reality?
Growing fruit and veg close to home is better for our health – and could help keep us fed when climate change disrupts supply chains. Could doing more of it provide a secure, affordable, and sustainable way of meeting Bristol's needs?
Campaigners ‘marry’ River Avon as battle against water sewage pollution continues
Since the mayor’s decision in November not to grant special status to a popular swimming spot, sewage has been discharged into the Avon for the equivalent of 35 days.
This week in Bristol: Demonstrators say council is “refusing to correct” conservation mistake
After accidentally giving a landowner permission to cut down an ancient Bristol hedgerow with protected status as a biodiversity haven, the council say there’s nothing they can do.
Why Bristol needs to build a sustainable food system – before disaster strikes
Bristol is recognised as a leading city in sustainable food. But with international food systems creaking and the impact of climate change on the horizon, even more needs to be done.
Revealed: Data tool shows extent of sewage spills at popular Bristol swimming spot – and it’s grim
As campaigners work tirelessly to document sewage spills by Wessex Water into the Avon, top bosses at the water company have earned big bonuses for meeting environmental targets.